1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:50 pm

I've spent today T-cutting the paintwork, the more I polish it up the more I'm regretting not taking it all back to bare metal as a lot of dents and scratches from under the previous paintjob are starting to show up as i think the previous respray was even shoddier than my attempt! Ah well, I'm still quite proud of it so far as a first attemp and will certainly learn from my mistakes! :)
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:30 pm

We need some pictures Andy!!

Keep up the good work 8)


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:53 pm

I've just finished polishing and waxing it all up :D
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I was tempted to just post the photos with no comments as the camera makes it look perfect! up close there are quite a few blemishes but overall it's quite good and is fantastic from a distance! I suppose in a way it's good that the paint isn't perfect as there is no way my pockets are deep enough to replace any of the original pitted chrome so a perfect paint job would just show it up! also hopefully the car will be used regularly and will probably be parked outside all year round.
The rebuilding should be commencing soon and the new wiring loom is currently spread across the living room floor just awaiting indicator (both flasher and trafficator) wires to be added :D :D
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby ASL642 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:10 am

That looks really good! Don't forget to pick up the wiring loom - we don't want any more broken bones! :wink:

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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:53 am

Thanks Lou! I've already tripped over it at least once myself!
Here it is in it's current state (excuse the pun :P)[frame]Image[/frame]
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby ASL642 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:59 pm

Named sticky labels attached to the relevant wires help expecially when you're upside down under the car covered in wires :wink:

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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:39 pm

Today I fitted the wing piping, I didn't expect that I'd be able to find a matching colour so was going to use contrasting black but it turns out that the grey piping I picked up at the national a few years ago is actually an almost perfect match :D[frame]Image[/frame]
It actually looks like a minor now :)[frame]Image[/frame]
I've drilled the necessary holes now to fit rear seatbelts, the next jobs are the headlining and windscreens :-?
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Dean » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:44 pm

That's looking dead smart... nice work. :D
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Fingolfin » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:54 pm

That looks fantastic! You're at about the same point in your project as I am with mine... :lol: Soon you'll be able to drive it!
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby stevey » Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:48 pm

looking great :D


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:40 pm

Now getting on with fitting the roof lining.[frame]Image[/frame] Here's the old yellowed one I removed last year compared to the new one about to be fitted, 50 years above the driver's head probably exposed to a lot of tobacco smoke has certainly affected the colour!
I've got the back edge fitted tight around the rear window but unfortunately I've lost the sping clips for the front edge, is there a simple DIY substitute I can easily get hold of? as I'd rather not order them on line and wait for them to arrive. :(
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby dp » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:32 pm

I haven't tried this but I wonder if a self tapper up through one of the rear view mirror holes or the sun visor mounting holes would hold it temporarily. The clips aren't that complex but I can't find a picture of one anywhere.

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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:06 pm

Thanks for the reply dp :) but I managed to find the clips in the end (of course I wasn't looking for them at the time ;) ) so I've now got the lining fitted[frame]Image[/frame] There are still a few creases that need ironing out so I'll have a go at tightening the strings again.

One rear quarter panel has now been put together so the interior is just about finished now :)[frame]Image[/frame]
And the wiring loom is bound up now ready for fitting :D[frame]Image[/frame]
I did however decide I wasnt happy with the finish of the engine bay so I've stripped it all back again and am in the process of respraying, of course though as happens every year I'm getting back into my stride now but will be going back to uni tomorrow so progress will once again have to stop :(
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:49 pm

Im back! :D
As Im now working at university over summer I have even less time to spend at home working on the car, I managed to get a weeks work in before the national and have been back for a couple of weekends since so he's slowly coming back together.
The new wiring loom is now in place, except the dash so it's currently untested.
This was converted to have flashing indicators by a previous owner and the trafficators were disconnected, I've incorporated both into the new loom so trafficators have been refitted and the indicators have been redesigned to look a bit tidier and more original.[frame]Image[/frame] I replaced the large later indicator units with the smaller type and original side light lens and fitted headlights from a mini with built in sidelights, a plate had to be made so that the small unit would fit in the larger cut hole.[frame]Image[/frame][frame]Image[/frame]
On the back we fitted original rear lights with clear lens indicators on top[frame]Image[/frame]
I'm pretty chuffed overall with how well the home-made wiring loom has fit :D[frame]Image[/frame][frame]Image[/frame]
Andy W____________1961 2-door 948cc (Sidney)_____________1963 2-door 1275cc (Emily)_______


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:02 am

Great progress Andy, keep at it 8)


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby stevey » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:05 pm

great stuff. looking well


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:34 pm

Remember me? :D

3 years after the start of the this thread and 6 years after the start of the restoration I've finally finished university and am back home to continue work :)
I started with some easy jobs to get back into the swing so the engine is repainted and looking very snazzy[frame]Image[/frame]
I could then assemble the front end [frame]Image[/frame]
Seeing it looking nearly complete has given me a boost to get on with all of the more frustrating jobs :P
Tomorrow's tasks will be to complete and test the wiring, then maybe attempt a bit more window fitting...
Andy W____________1961 2-door 948cc (Sidney)_____________1963 2-door 1275cc (Emily)_______


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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Daddybear1984 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:21 pm

looks great and good job with the wiring that is one part of my resto i am not looking forward to but my father inlaw was a sparky for the army so he should have fun with that ;)

getting closer to being on the road by the looks of it

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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby Sidney'61 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:02 am

Today I finally managed to fit a battery and test my wiring loom. I'm really pleased :D[frame]Image[/frame]
The headlights and 'hidden' indicators are great and clearer than I expected.[frame]Image[/frame]
And working trafficators :P[frame]Image[/frame]
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Re: 1961 2-door saloon (Sidney)

Postby GBond » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:14 am

I'm guessing the trafficators stay on while the indicators blink?

That must look awesome, great work.
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